How the LA Clippers Can Maximize Lance Stephenson Next Season

July 7th, 2015 by Fred Katz Leave a reply »

Lance Stephenson has to be one of the Los Angeles Clippers' most important players this season, but that doesn't mean LA should displace him from his comfort zone.

In actuality, Stephenson is built to be a bench player, similarly to the way Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel used him during his days in Indy.

But wait...Lance STARTED during the end of his run with Indiana! What are you talking about when you say the Pacers used him as a bench player?

Very astute, young one. But here's the caveat: Vogel rotated Stephenson as if he were a reserve even when he was playing with the first unit.

He was the initial starter to come off the floor, usually once the first quarter was about halfway done. He would come back in to run the bench unit's offense. He'd still close games and defend 1s, 2s and 3s depending on the opponent and the status of Paul George.

The Clippers could use him similarly but actually do it off the bench.

J.J. Redick has to start at the 2, considering his importance to coach Doc Rivers' schemes. Few other players around the league, maybe only Kyle Korver, run off ...

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